About 250 parents were on campus on Thursday, October 16, for the first day of Parents Weekend. The dayʻs activities included class visits at the Middle and Upper Schools, presentations by Special Agent Arnold Laʻanui, Lewis and Clark College, and HPA guidance counselors, and lunch in the Village Campus Dining Room and in the Taylor Commons Dining Hall. Kevin MacLennan, University of Colorado, Boulder, director of admission was the featured speaker.
The HPA 2015 College Fair opened with an inspiring Hawaiian chant led by HPA students signifying the rising of leaders and the dawning of a new day. Afterward students quickly began visiting the many college booths before them.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy seniors Eliana Kaplan and Davy Ragland are the recipients of the Hiatt College Scholarships for Community Service and Academic Creativity and Initiative. HPA parents Jerry and Mahilani Hiatt were on hand for the presentation at the Upper School assembly on November 17.
Head of School-Elect Robert McKendry joined Director of Admissions Josh Clark at an event hosted by The Association of Boarding Schools in Tokyo last evening. Last week they were in Seoul. Students from around the world, across the United States, and throughout the Hawaiian islands are always eager learn about how they might attend HPA!
Sir Read-A-Lot, also known as David Giff, HPAʻs K-8 librarian, welcomed students in grades 4-8 to the Kingdom of Books at the Scholastic Book Fair November 12 and 13. The event, presented by the Friends of the HPA Libraries and HPAʻs Lynn Taylor Library, featured hundreds of award-winning titles, classic novels, and new releases. By all accounts, the event was a huge success, thanks to all of our parent volunteers! Mahalo!
Thirty-eight students in grades 5-8 participated in the Hawai’i Preparatory Academy spelling bee on November 4. Eighth grader Hayley Emmons and classmate Kealia Haitsuka were the co-champions in this year’s school spelling bee. Emmons and Haitsuka now advance to the Hawaii Island District Spelling Bee on January 10, 2015 at HPA’s Gates Performing Arts Center.